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Participating in clinical trials is a rewarding experience. It’s a chance to be part of pioneering medical projects that will change or even save lives. But it’s not for everyone. Read our FAQs for more information, or contact us if you’d like to find out more.

FAQs

Why should I participate in a clinical trial? #

We have over 10,000 clinical research volunteers – different people from different backgrounds, all with their own reasons for helping our team in Perth bring innovative, often ground-breaking medical innovations to the market safely and swiftly. But generally, they fall into one of two categories.

Some join us as paid volunteers. As the name suggests, our paid volunteers get a financial reward for participating in our clinical trials, but that’s rarely the sole reason for someone becoming a volunteer. Generally, it’s also about doing something for the greater good – it’s about participating in exciting projects that will help change and even save lives, maybe even the life of someone they know who will benefit from the development of a new therapy or drug.

Others join us as patients. Usually, these participants are people who are undergoing treatment for a condition or disease, and they’ve reached a stage where it’s time to explore new options, which can include being the first to try the next generation of therapies or drugs.

Whatever your motivation, as a volunteer you’ll be part of something special, joining our clinical trial, medical research and lab teams on an enlightening journey that will further medical science.

What happens during a clinical trial? #

Every trial is different, but generally speaking you’ll be admitted to our clinical trial centre in Perth the night before the study starts.

The safety and security of our team and volunteers is our priority, so on arrival your bag will be searched and you’ll undergo some standard tests, which may include screening for recreational drugs and an alcohol breath test.

With the admission process complete, you’ll be escorted to your assigned bed, with lockable drawers and a personal locker for your belongings. Read ‘What do you provide, and what do I need to bring?’ for more information about meals, entertainment and more.

During your stay, you’ll have several tests, including blood sampling, ECG measurements (traces of your heart rhythm) and blood pressure, and you will, of course, receive a dose of the study drug.

All your individual study requirements will be outlined in your information sheet and consent form, including details about the length of your study (studies can range from two days to one month in duration).

What do you provide, and what do I need to bring? #

All your meals and linen will be provided throughout your stay, and all of our beds have individual TVs, as well as wireless internet access. You’ll also find a communal Playstation, TV, DVD player and a pool table within the unit, but feel free to bring books, magazines, iPods, laptop computer etc.

You should also bring:

  • toiletries
  • light clothes
  • enclosed footwear (you must always wear these in the unit).

We’ll provide more details about the requirements for your study in your information sheet and consent form, including information about the duration of your study (studies can range from two days to one month).

Please note, you’re not allowed to bring recreational drugs, alcohol, food or chocolate into the facility. Any positive tests for recreational drugs or alcohol will not be tolerated and you will be excluded from the trial.

Will I be paid for participating in a clinical trial? #

In most instances, volunteers in a clinical trial are eligible for reimbursements for their time, travel expenses and parking; however, the payment, which has to be approved by the Ethics Committee, is not intended to cover loss of earnings or any risk associated with your participation.

As such, there is no cost for joining a clinical trial – all study-related medications, tests and procedures are provided at no charge to volunteers.

If, for any reason, you’re unable to complete the clinical trial, you’ll receive a partial payment, based on the number of visits you have made to our unit.

Please note, no deductions for any taxes will be made and volunteers are solely responsible for reporting any payment on their tax return.

What are the risks associated with a clinical trial? #

While we do everything in our power to eliminate risk, there may be risks associated with participating in a clinical trial.

We take every effort to determine any risks during pre-clinical and early clinical studies, but there may be side effects and other health risks that we’re unable to anticipate, mainly because side effects can differ from person to person.

In short, you’ll have the very best clinical and medical professionals looking after you, but there is no way to predict with 100% certainty how a treatment will affect any given individual.

Who collects and views my personal information? #

Any general personal information we collect may be viewed by members of the pharmaceutical company sponsoring the trial (the sponsor), the Human Research Ethics Committee who approved the trial, and government regulatory agencies (including the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration).

Moreover, throughout your trial our medical officers and staff will collect and record a range of medical information relating to your health, but this data can only be accessed by Linear personnel.

When the clinical trial results are reported in a formal document to the trial’s sponsor, you will only be identified through a clinical trial identification number. When the study is complete, your information is archived and only Linear personnel have access to your personal information.

Please note, when you arrive for each visit to our clinic, you’ll be asked to provide photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, proof of ID card etc) to verify your identity.

What is informed consent? #

Informed consent is what we seek from volunteers prior to their involvement in a study – we need your informed consent before you can become a volunteer. Our Informed Consent Form (ICF) contains information about the study and treatment, and you must read it before deciding whether or not to participate in the trial.

The ICF includes explanations about what the trial involves, the duration of the study, the frequency and length of the required visits, as well as any known risks and benefits associated with the study treatment. Crucially, to ensure your safety you must abide by all study restrictions that are outlined in the ICF.

Participation in any clinical trial is completely voluntary, and you’re free to ask questions about the trial – you should only consent to participate in the study (by signing the ICF) once you’re completely happy to do so. What’s more, as a volunteer you have the right to refuse participation in a trial or withdraw your consent at any time during the study, without penalty.

Your wellbeing and best interests are our primary concern, so if new information becomes available during the course of the trial – information that may affect your decision to continue with the trial – we will share the information with you as soon as possible.

Please note, our physicians can decide to withdraw a volunteer at any time, without the volunteer’s consent, if it becomes clear that it is not in the participant’s best interest to continue with the trial.

What are my responsibilities as a volunteer? #

In the interest of your safety, you must inform us about past and current medical conditions or allergies, including information about any medications you’re taking. Similarly, to ensure the integrity of the trial’s data, you must report any side effects you experience.

Who sponsors clinical trials? #

Most clinical trials are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, but they can be sponsored by other organisations or individuals, such as medical foundations, medical centres, universities and physicians. Physicians often sponsor clinical trials that evaluate whether a currently available therapy (that’s used for the treatment of one condition) can be used for the treatment of a different condition or disease.

Ready to become a clinical trial volunteer?

To find out more about becoming a paid clinical trial volunteer, call our Recruitment Team on 1300 LINEAR (1300 546327), or contact us.

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